GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - It's not even Thanksgiving, but if you want any of this year's hottest toys, you need to start shopping now. Some of the most popular items like "Fingerlings" and "L.O.L Surprise!" dolls are already sold out.
“You can’t find them, it’s already too late”, says Lindsey Zeilstra. The mother of two started her quest after missing out on some toys last year. "I missed out on Hatchimals. I thought; I'll just see one in the store and I wasn't able to find any. So, I thought it would be fun to get ahead."
Lindsey already has a collection of the new twin Hatchimals and several L.O.L dolls. But, her most coveted purchase? Dozens of Fingerlings. The interactive baby monkey sighs, farts, and blows kisses when it’s petted or turned upside down. Most major retailers are out of them online and in the store.
"We have people waiting outside every day for the Fingerlings", says Jennifer Damkoehler, Manager at Toys R Us in Grand Rapids.
She says they still have plenty of the other hot toys -- there is a new Baby Alive that sneezes and cries, there's also a new Nerf gun that rapidly shoots up to 100 little balls. If anything is out of stock, just ask when it will be back in.
"The best thing you can do is talk to the store about when they're receiving shipments," Damkoehler explained. "Come in or call on the phone -- be relentless about when those shipments are arriving."
Zeilstra, who gets most of her hot toys online, said there are different websites that will notify you when things are back in stock. "The thing though, is, those notifications come in a 3am and if you don't check your email until 8 a.m., it's too late."
WZZM 13 did find several Fingerlings on eBay -- many of them are already being sold for double or triple the price. Zeilstra suggests getting them while you can, "It's been fun and it will be even more fun to give them to other people who haven't been able to find them."
At Toys R Us, Domkoehler says there is hope.
“The closer we get to Christmas, there’s shipments every day coming in," she explained. And even though there is a hot toy that sells out every year, it's not usually the biggest seller. Hot Wheels, Barbie’s, and Legos are still the most popular toys during the holidays.
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